'Mad Men' final season, 'Better Call Saul' get premiere dates

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AMC released a slew of 2014 premiere dates, including the launch date for the first half of the final season of Mad Men and the release month for Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.

The acclaimed period drama Mad Men will return Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. The show’s final 14 episodes will be split over two years, a strategy AMC employed with Breaking Bad (which had record ratings for its final batch of episodes last year).

One week before Mad Men, AMC will roll out its new Revolutionary War spy thriller Turn, which stars Jamie Bell as a cabbage farmer who becomes a spy for General George Washington. Turn will get underway on April 6. This is becoming a popular date to launch cable dramas, with HBO announcing earlier this week that it will debut its spring block anchored by Game of Thrones the same night.

Another AMC freshman series, the Texas-set 1980s computer drama Halt and Catch Fire, will launch in June.

The Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul is scheduled for November.

AMC also announced that Walking Dead post-episode talk-show Talking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season.

AMC’s lower-profile unscripted shows also received a premiere date, with arm-wrestling docu-soap Game of Arms debuting Feb. 25. In May, the network will launch the third season of Small Town Security and the second season of Freakshow.

Not included in the list: The fifth season of AMC’s 800-pound zombie The Walking Dead, but that date tends to be very stable, with the show returning each year in mid-to-late October. Walking Dead returns for the second half of its current fourth season on Feb. 9.


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